Meanwhile, in Manhattan alone, the Save the planet eat the babies shirt Also,I will get this nightlife economy is estimated to generate $4.8 billion annually.) The sale serves not just as a fundraiser to support the communities who have been left without an income during the pandemic, but also an urgent reminder that these underground nightlife collectives are constantly under threat, and must be protected at all costs. “Nightlife serves the very necessary role of lubricating a sense of freedom, where movement, time, and space are there for pleasure, social communion and musical performance,” Huxtable continues. “If we let this die, we are several large steps closer to the WeWork, Theory blazer, airport food truck dystopia that we all watch encroaching on the city every day.” Where these era-defining scenes led by queer people of color are snuffed out, New York’s spark will swiftly follow. This week, Kate Middleton met with three families involved in the creation of Tiny Happy People, a new platform from BBC Education that provides resources and support to parents and carers of children aged 0-4. The Duchess of Cambridge filmed the meeting for a new segment on BBC Breakfast, airing later today, with social distancing measures in place. “In the first few months of support, there’s a huge amount of support from midwives and health visitors, but from then onwards, there’s a massive gap before they then start school,” says Middleton in the clip. In her role as Duchess, Middleton is often focused on the wellbeing of children; she is involved in many youth mental health charities as well. For her televised appearance, the Duchess wore a chic long-sleeved polka dot summer dress by one of her favorite British designers, Emilia Wickstead. (She has worn Wickstead on multiple occasions, even once using her designs to pay tribute to Princess Diana.) With its below-the-knee skirt and accentuated waist, the frock has her signature royal silhouette. Middleton accessorized it with another favorite of hers, wedge jute-sole shoes; she’s worn the comfortable footwear for many events. Which goes to show that even a Duchess knows the power of repeat wears. As a first-generation Vietnamese-American, I’ve struggled to bring to life the delectable cuisines I grew up eating; Vietnamese dishes that went beyond traditional pho noodle soups or banh mi sandwiches. One of my favorites as a child was a lemongrass barbecue pork dish I’d often dream about, but was only obtainable at a restaurant or during a visit to my mom’s house in SoCal. (It was never anything I could cook myself at home, either deemed ‘too complicated,’ or diminished to, ‘It would never taste as good.’)
But, in May, I discovered Omsom. Pronounced “om-sòm”—which translates to noisy, rambunctious, or riotous in Vietnamese—it promises a new type of “meal kit” whose spirit lies in its bold, flavorful sauces. Omsom’s co-founders are Vanessa and Kim Pham, two first-generation Vietnamese American sisters who sought to bring proud, loud Asian flavors into American homes that didn’t sacrifice cultural integrity, either. As the Save the planet eat the babies shirt Also,I will get this Pham sisters tell Vogue, they wished to “reclaim and celebrate Asian flavors, Asian stories, and Asian culture.” Vanessa describes walking down the “ethnic” aisle in mainstream grocery stores, where she and her sister noticed a big disconnect between the items available on shelves and who they served (and didn’t).“A lot of those products were not made with folks like us in the room. And so, that was just a fundamental cornerstone of our business since day one,” says Kim. The sisters decided to join forces to create Omsom. Kim, brought her 10-year-long experience working with startups in venture capital while Vanessa, a graduate from Harvard, had a breadth of business-savvy experience working at Bain & Company advising Fortune 500 companies. The key to Omsom’s brilliance is that it solves a simple, yet common dilemma so many first-generation Asian-Americans can relate to—trying to recreate convoluted recipes our parents used to make with little to no access to the myriad of ingredients required and a lack of knowledge and understanding on how to actually make these dishes. For me, one of the most difficult parts of Asian cooking has always been exactly this—finding the right ingredients to bring the rich, bold Vietnamese flavors to life. The right seasonings, chilis, sauces can make for a grocery list that extends 10 items or longer. Kim similarly shares, “I would be on the phone with mom, [with] mom being like, ‘Add the right amount of fish sauce.’ And we’d be like, ‘Five teaspoons or tablespoons?’” says Kim. But here, this process is made simple in one easy-to-use sauce packet. For Kim and Vanessa, their connection with food has been present throughout their lives. Food has “been a way that we connect with our identity and understand our culture,” says Vanessa, who in fact, recalls mentioning her favorite Vietnamese soup dish “Bun Bo Hue” (a beef and vermicelli noodle soup) in the starting line of her college essay. For many Asian families (mine included) love was conveyed through food. “Food was always a huge part of our family, but in many ways, quite unspoken.